Going through divorce is difficult enough. You need straight answers and a lawyer with the experience and skills to obtain the solution that is right for you.
You are given individual attention to your case and a realistic assessment about what to expect. My role, as your attorney, is to find a way to for you to achieve your goals using the legal system to obtain a favorable outcome for you.
You will be guided in all areas of your divorce, custody, determination of equitable distribution, child support, maintenance and counsel fee awards.
Because real life doesn’t always fit neatly into matrimonial law, there are times when a broader view is necessary. Owning a home before a marriage, or when someone other than a spouse owns property or a business means you need someone who can look towards a complete solution.
The vast majority of cases handled wind up settling. Sometimes settling means being able to deescalate matters. Other times it means knowing you can go to trial or appeal if necessary, as negotiating through a position of strength can result in a fair agreement.
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Matrimonial and Family Law
At both trial and appellate level, you are provided with an experienced divorce lawyer. While the vast majority of matrimonial cases wind up settling, a fair settlement occurs when both parties negotiate in good faith. Often that only occurs when you are ready to proceed to trial and appeal if negotiations break down. All too often people rush into lopsided settlement agreements because they feel they have no other option.
Appellate litigation is not the same as trial level litigation. The facts may be the same, but how they are used are fundamentally different. If the court issued an unjust decision, or defending against an appeal, you need an attorney with experience and the knowledge to navigate the rules of appellate procedure.
In order to foreclose on a home in New York, a judgment of foreclosure must be obtained. This means the lender must bring an action to foreclose in Supreme Court. In order to prevail, the lender must meet numerous requirements. If they don't, the entire foreclosure can be dismissed. Under some circumstances, the lender may be required to reimburse the legal fees of the homeowner if the homeowner prevails.
An estate is a legal entity which is created to hold property and assets of a deceased individual whose property does not otherwise pass to others. When someone dies with a will, the will is probated and a testator is appointed to manage the estate. When there is no will, the estate is administered, and an administrator is appointed to manage the estate.
When property is owned by two or more people, each owner has a right to force a sale of the property. When owners cannot agree to dispose of jointly held property, any one can request a court partition the property into individual lots, or if that is not possible, compel a sale by court order. In simple terms, people cannot be compelled to own property with someone else.
A constructive trust is an equitable remedy to prevent one person from becoming unjustly enriched when he or she is holding property or assets on behalf of another person and refuses to give it back. Constructive trusts can be brought as a separate action or combined with a matrimonial action as a separate cause of action. They are extremely useful if equitable distribution does not apply.
Many cases and articles refer to various statutes. Select provisions of the Domestic Relations Law and the CPLR are presented here to allow for better understanding of the law. Rules for Appellate Practice are available as well.
Select cases are presented here for review. Cases are organized by topic - appellate procedure, equitable distribution, custody, child support and more. An understanding of fundamental case law is helpful in understanding how statutes are interpreted. Cases law is ever evolving as new fact patters not previously covered are litigated and decided.